In what can only be described as….sheer madness, John Rozum who c0-wrote the thoroughly enjoyable Static shock reboot (read the review here) has announced his departure from the title starring virgil Hawkins see details from Rozum’s facebook feed.
Thanks to Komplicated for the screencap
🙁 Sadness is not the word for what this news brings! Be sure to check out the the preview art of his villains here.
*Update* My decision to leave was of my own choice. I was not fired.
My decision to leave had nothing to do with the character of Static. I think Static is a great character with loads of potential, which I hope will get exploited. Given a lot of people’s suspicious feelings regarding the relationship between DC Comics and Milestone Media, I will also warn not to read into this that my decision was based on any decisions regarding the handling of the character by DC Comics. This is not true. I maintain a belief that the folks at DC also share a belief that Static has a lot of potential as part of the DCnU and that they would like the character to remain true to his origins, and established nature.
My decision had nothing to do with DC Comics. I’ve been very happy overall with my time at DC over the roughly 15 years that I’ve worked for them and I plan to continue working with them into the future. The feeling is mutual. I’m developing new material for them even as I write this. DC Comics is in no way responsible for my decision to leave Static Shock, and have been very supportive of this decision.
For now, this is all I’m going to say on the matter. [Source: John Rozum.com]
*Update* DC’s VP Bob Harras address John Rozum’s resignation
John Rozum called me today to tell me that he’s leaving STATIC SHOCK. DC Comics has had a great relationship with John for 15 years, and he and I had a great conversation about new ideas, new concepts and moving forward. We’re all excited to see what comes next.